Arkansas Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Arkansas

Arkansas gun laws are in place to regulate purchase, ownership, sales, and usage of firearms in the state. It is illegal for any resident of Arkansas to own or possess a gun if they have a felony conviction or are diagnosed with any mental impairment. Most firearms laws in Arkansas are state-mandated, but some local counties have some gun-specific laws that apply as well. The purchase of automatic firearms is allowed, but they must be registered with the secretary of state. The rules regarding concealed carry are a bit confusing in that residents are no longer required to have a permit when they are “upon a journey.” This language is odd, and the courts are sorting out questions and debates about this among government officials. It is not legal to carry a firearm in a university, courthouse, government building, athletic event or other places designated by Arkansas law as “off limits.”

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes/No- Without a Permit/License Open Carry Permitted
  • Yes Constitutional Carry
  • Yes- In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents License issued to
  • 37 # of states that honor Arkansas license
  • 52 # of state licenses that Arkansas honors
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

Arkansas’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

Arkansas CCW Reciprocity Map

The following states honor Arkansas carry permits:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These states honor non-resident permits from Arkansas: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The state of Arkansas allows permits from these states and territories:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, , Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Arkansas Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

Arkansas used to require a concealed carry permit until 2013, then the law changed, and now it says you do not need one while “upon a journey.” If you do not have a permit, you can carry guns in your car, but they must be unloaded and stored in a case. Storing a gun in your glove box is illegal. If you do have a permit, it is legal to carry it concealed in your vehicle. Some localities allow open carry, and some do not. The law concerning this is confusing and still being debated. Unless a restaurant posts a “No Guns” sign, you are allowed to bring yours in with you. You are also permitted to take firearms into state parks. If you happen upon an officer while carrying, you must notify them by law that you are carrying a weapon. No Weapons signs are enforced in Arkansas, and it is illegal to ignore them.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

The Department of Public Safety for Arkansas issues carry permits. To qualify, you must be 21 years or older, only 18 if you are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or the National Guard. You must be a resident of Arkansas for at least 90 days. You have to be a U.S. citizen, read Arkansas concealed carry law, and take a firearms safety course. Additionally, cannot be a convicted felon and you cannot be diagnosed with any mental illness. You also cannot be convicted of any crime using a weapon for the past five years.

Arkansas Gun Background Check

If you are selling a gun privately in Arkansas, you are not required to initiate a background check. Firearm dealers who sell to the public are required to perform an FBI, NCIS background check on every person before they purchase a gun. Previous gun purchasers who have an exempt status are the only exception to this rule; all others must produce a valid ID and signature to apply when purchasing a gun. You will have to fill out one form called a Firearm Transaction Record for the state, but other than that, it is pretty easy to purchase a firearm in Arkansas.

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AR CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age or
  • 18 years if a member of the US Armed Forces or National Guard.
  • Have been a resident of Arkansas for the last 90 days.
  • Have read the Arkansas concealed carry law.
  • You are a US citizen or legal resident.
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class.
  • Have not within the last five (5) years been convicted of the offense of carrying a weapon.
  • Federal law requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. Within six months of finishing your firearms course apply online.
  2. Write your confirmation number (order ID) on your training certificate.
  3. Visit your local law enforcement agency to have your fingerprints taken.
  4. As soon as possible after your online application, submit a full set of fingerprints and a certificate of training. Include a check or money order for the fee made payable to “Arkansas State Police”.
  5. Mail your Fingerprint cards and training page to; Arkansas State Police, CHCL Section, 1 State Plaza Drive, Little Rock, AR 72209
  6. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

CCW Renewal

  • Take the CHCL firearms safety class.
  • A new application will be required if your license has been expired for more than six months.
  • There is no reduction in fee’s based on a persons age for renewals.

AR Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Concealed handgun carry licenseIn Mail:
$87 (65 years or older)

Online Application:
$142.11 (64 years or younger)
$90.61 (65 years or older)
$78.25 Late Renewal (expired less than six months)

There is a $15 late fee for renewals if the license has expired and there is no fee reduction based on age for renewals.
$110 - $170

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Arkansas

State parksAny police, sheriff or Arkansas State Police office
State and national forestsArkansas Highway Police facility
Road side rest areasDetention facility, prison or jail
VehicleCourthouse or courtroom
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenAny polling place
Meeting place of any government entity
Meeting place of any session of the Arkansas General Assembly or committee of the General Assembly
Any athletic event
Any part or section of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, except a restaurant
Any part of section of an establishment in which alcohol is consumed on the premises, except a restaurant
Any school, college, community college, or university campus building or school/college event
Inside the passenger terminal of any airport
Any church or other place of worship
Any place where a property owner or manager has exercised discretion to prohibit the possession of a firearm
Participating in a parade or demonstration for which a permit is required
At a private residence
Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law

Arkansas CCW Contact

Arkansas Bureau of Firearms


Monday – Friday:N/A


Address:Arkansas State Police Headquarters
One State Police Plaza Drive
City:Little Rock, AR 72209
Phone:(501) 618-8000

CCW Licensing Offices in Arkansas

Arkansas State Police CHCL Section

Office Address
1 State Police Plaza Drive, CityLittle Rock, AR 72209

(501) 618-8000

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Counties in Arkansas